I'm currently packing for our trip to the beach, and I thought it would be fun to share all of my favorite beach essentials! So... What's in my beach bag?
A Monogrammed Towel - I found a shop on Etsy that allows you to design your very own custom monogrammed beach towel. The owner of the shop was very helpful and even offers a preview of your design with the option to make changes before it's created. The towel itself isn't very absorbent, so I would recommend bringing an extra towel to dry off with if you plan to swim. This towel is very thin and soft (almost like a baby blanket). It is perfect for laying out on the beach! Head on over to Monogram Avenue to get yours!
A Monogrammed Baseball Hat - This hat was also another great Etsy find! These hats come in a variety of colors and they are so versatile. I own several of them, and I consider them to be a very functional and fashionable accessory! I ordered this one from Embellish Boutique in coral, and I am a very satisfied costumer!
My Jacks - These Navajo Hampton sandals by Jack Rodgers are a summer staple. I wear them with just about anything and everything. They're comfortable and durable enough to wear down to the beach but dressy enough to wear out to dinner! I've ditched my rubbery flip flops and chunky wedges, and I will only be bringing these on our trip. Jacks are definitely up there in price, but if you're lucky you can snag them while they're on sale. Check out Nordstrom for a good deal!
A Good Read - I have to admit I feel a bit hypocritical admitting this as a teacher, but I do not normally read for pleasure. I am by no means a book worm, my idea of a good read is a magazine! I'm a visual person, so I enjoy browsing through magazines like Southern Living while I'm relaxing on the beach. This magazine is chock full of recipes, home decor, and all things Southern of course!
Skin Care - This year I'm trying out Neutrogena's Beach Defense sunscreen. If you're anything like my husband and I you probably apply your sunscreen in the morning before heading out to the beach and then you end up forgetting to reapply through out the day. My goal is to get us both through this trip sunburn free, so I bought the lotion and spray hoping it will be easier to touch up our protection while we're on the beach.
Lip Care - You will come to know that I am a complete lip balm junkie! I own dozens and dozens of different brands and flavors. I rummaged through my collection and chose two of my favorites to bring along in my beach bag. An EOS in "Summer Fruit" and a Baby Lips in "Cherry Me" made the cut!
Swimwear - Monogrammed swimwear is also a must! Most are sold as tops only with no coordinating bottoms. I was a bit apprehensive at first because I was afraid I would never find bottoms to match the color of the top perfectly. To my surprise I ended up already owning several bikini bottoms that coordinate perfectly. It's so much fun to mix and match! These monogrammed bandeau tops were purchased from Shop Modern Monograms on Etsy. The sequin swim top and all of the bottoms are from Victoria's Secret.
I will also be bringing along a monogrammed floppy hat, Thirty-One's Large Utility Tote in an adorable flip flop pattern, a monogrammed Camelbak, a pair of monogrammed sunglasses, and a handmade bandana quilt that was given to me as a gift from a sweet family friend. It's the perfect size for beach picnicking, and it helps keep everything out of the sand.